Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Wednesday congratulated comedian, Atunyota Akporobomerere, aka, Alibaba, on his Presidential Award of Excellence at the second National Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Awards.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the award ceremony was hosted by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Banquet Hall, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba.
The governor described the comedian, popularly known as Alibaba, as a quintessential comedian whose contributions to the development of entertainment industry in Nigeria would remain indelible.
He lauded the humour merchant for his outstanding patriotism, humility, mentorship, support for budding talents and as a good ambassador of Delta.
“As a state, we are particularly proud of your numerous ‘firsts’ – first Nigerian comedian to perform on commercial flights, first to entertain over 40 heads of governments, first comedian to ring the closing bell of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
“You are also first comedian on CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, first to be inaugurated into the Johnnie Walker Hall of fame and first to stage a 6-hour stand-up comedy performance, among many other laudable accomplishments,” Okowa said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for finding an eminent son of Delta, AliBaba, worthy of the honour.